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London’s rise in Pests left with Local Authorities

Pests have been in news recently with the headline “London councils receive 100 rat and mouse complaints every day” the article suggests that around 186,000 reports of rodents have been logged in the capital since 2012. The Mayor of London’s office stated that pest control and refuse collection is a matter for local authorities.

Pest problems not only present a hygiene issue and the possibility of legal penalties for Social, Private and Commercial Property Managers, they could also cause significant structural damage which can be costly and dangerous.

Orbis’ specialist Pest Control Teams offer nationwide provide same-day response and preventive services to ensure your properties remain safe, legal and pest-free.

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Legal Responsibility

Penalties for the inadequate handling of a pest problem by those responsible for the building could include a £20,000 fine or up to six months in prison.


Did you know Pest Control Facts Services

Key Benefits of Orbis Pest Control Service Teams

 


Are you a member of the Efficiency East Midlands (EEM) Framework?

Orbis scored 100% quality when appointed to the EEM Framework for Vacant Property Cleaning and Clearance. This framework also includes the following ad hoc call-off services:

EEM Framework of Services and Location

Click here for more information on the EEM Framework


Benefits of Using the Framework

 

Compliance

This Framework is fully compliant with UK Procurement Regulations and the EU Procurement Directive. We’ve undertaken the procurement work so you don’t have to.

Quick & Simple to use

There’s no need to run a full EU tender and EEM will manage the process on your behalf where required

Approved Contractors

All Contractors have already been assessed during the framework tender process for their experience, financial stability, Health & Safety, Equality & Diversity and working practices

Ongoing Support

Members will have ongoing support during the call off contract from both the EEM Procurement Team and Projects Officer. We can attend kick start meetings, review meetings and assist with the completion of the contract documentation.

Competitive Pricing

All pricing is fixed for the first agreed period of the Framework and where possible fixed from April to March each year to give certainty within each financial year period. EEM will manage and negotiate all price increases to ensure fair application across our Members

 

If you are not already a member of EEM but would like to request further details, please email info@eem.org.uk or call 01623 729945

Or for more information on our Pest Control Services, visit our solution page here or contact us here

Protect your properties from freezing weather conditions

Extreme freezing weather conditions in recent years have produced subzero temperatures for prolonged periods in the UK. With the Met Office publishing yellow and amber warnings across the mainland in December and temperatures plummeting to -10ºc in some parts of the UK*, it has become a priority for many to protect their properties. *Evening Standard: http://bit.ly/2Bh8NZF

Adverse weather conditions can lead to an increased chance of burst pipes and leaks within vacant properties, which the Association of British Insurers (ABI) advise claims could cost in excess of £7500 per incident; not to mention the subsequent expensive repair bill.

So what’s the solution? 

In order to comply with empty premises insurance conditions, property managers or pretty much anyone responsible for vacant property need to ensure that all unoccupied premises are drained down and water isolated between November and March.

That’s where we come in

Orbis provides drain down and water isolation services included in our property inspections nationally, to find out more about how we can help you, let us know more about you and your needs on the form below.

 

For other solutions we provide at this time of year, see our Freezing Weather Conditions page.

 

From all of us here at Orbis, we hope you have a fun and safe Christmas and New Year!

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Orbis and Optosafe join forces to form new UK powerhouse | CCTV Towers

Reciprocal partnership pushes both companies to the forefront of rapid deployment CCTV Towers security solutions

 

On the 6th November 2017, Orbis and Optosafe have entered into a reciprocal supply and service agreement allowing Orbis exclusive access to the Optosafe range of rapid CCTV Tower deployment solutions.

This advanced portfolio of CCTV Towers will enable Orbis to expand its current service offering to a new and existing customer base, also enabling Optosafe to offer key Orbis services (vacant property solutions, clean and clear, enhanced response) to bolster their current service offering.


Board Statements

Jason Gilchrist | Optosafe Director

“This Partnership will cement our place in the vacant property sector. For Optosafe, Orbis were our only consideration in this market as their reputation is also backed by their rock-solid customer service and attention to detail”.

Guy Other | Orbis CEO

“We are delighted to be partnering Optosafe and adding an exciting new range of rapidly deployed CCTV Towers to our existing intruder monitoring solutions. With less than 1 in 7 reported break-ins leading to convictions in some regions of the country and increasing levels of public concern over anti-social behaviour, the tower’s physical deterrent coupled with unparalleled image quality and reliability gives clients a real advantage when it comes to security and surveillance. The technology our partners have introduced to their range is undoubtedly best in class with a backup service to match.”


About Optosafe

Optosafe are currently the fastest growing, rapid deployment CCTV Tower company in the UK.

Optosafe’s goal is to provide the most advanced, electronic security solutions, coupled with outstanding service, value and expertise to every client.

Their core values are simply; To continually deliver quality products, investing in the most innovative and stable technology; To provide unrivalled customer service, always putting our client’s needs first and most importantly trustful relationships with our clients.

About Orbis

At Orbis we abide by one simple concept, we do the job properly, so you can have complete trust that your property and lone workers are safe in our hands. We ensure that whatever we do, you can have confidence that we will deliver.

This trust is the reason why we have close partnerships with clients within the industry and is why some of the largest and most prestigious organisations use Orbis for their vacant property, site management and lone worker protection.

Our services are monitored in real time 24/7 by our wholly-owned CAT II British Standard Alarm Receiving Centre. Our clients have the ability to manage their portfolio online using our property management portal Aura which saves both time and money.


More information

CCTV Towers

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Orbis exhibiting at EEM Showcase

All public sector organisations are invited to the annual EEM Supply Chain Showcase.

The Showcase is an opportunity to network with over 100 contractors, suppliers and manufacturers, all who have places on a wide selection of EEM frameworks.

Our experts will be showcasing our vacant property solutions alongside our lone worker solutions. Orbis leads the market in providing a one-stop-solution for property managers looking to secure or re-let their vacant properties. For clients not wedded to one option but instead acting in the best interests of their customers, we recommend the best solution to reduce property risks, saving you both time and money.

Tickets are free for all public sector organisations and complimentary refreshments and a buffet are available for all visitors.

The next Showcase will be held on Thursday 14th September 2017, 9am-4pm, at Trent Vineyard Conference Centre, Nottingham.

See www.eemshowcase2017.eventbrite.co.uk for further details.

 

National Housing Federation – Annual Conference

We are happy to announce that Orbis will be exhibiting at the National Housing Federation Annual Housing Conference taking place in Birmingham ICC on the 19th and 20th September.

This event is important in housing for leading the political agenda and shaping the direction of the sector.

Over 2,000 housing professionals will discuss what the future holds with top speakers from inside and outside housing.

Our experts will be showcasing our vacant property solutions alongside our lone worker solutions. Orbis leads the market in providing a one-stop-solution for property managers looking to secure or re-let their vacant properties. For clients not wedded to one option but instead acting in the best interests of their customers, we recommend the best solution to reduce property risks, saving you both time and money.

If you haven’t registered yet, you can find registration details here.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

CIH event winner gets donation to charity

At every opportunity Orbis provide much needed support to great causes across the country.

During the recent CIH (Chartered Institute of Housing) Housing 2017 event held in Manchester, Orbis took the initiative to give visitors the chance to raise funds for a charity of their choice.

Orbis’ competition gave visitors the chance to complete an Orbis pound nominating a charity of their choice. Orbis’ promise; to pay the amount of entries to the lucky winners charity!

Over the course of three days Orbis collected just short of 300 competition entries, which was rounded up to a prize fund of £300 for charity.

The lucky winner was Deborah at Trafford Housing Trust, who nominated the RSPCA for the amazing work they do with animal across the UK.

Here’s Deborah being presented with a cheque for the RSPCA!

Orbis gains ISO27001 accreditation for Lone Worker Protection

ISO27001 provides our customers with peace of mind that our lone worker solutions have been stringently audited and passed all the data security checks.

ISO27001 is recognised around the world and proves that Orbis has demonstrated compliant information security controls throughout the company.

Shaun Wilcock, Director of Monitoring Services of Orbis:

“The business benefits from ISO 27001 certification are considerable. Not only do the standards help ensure that a business’ security risks are managed effectively, but the adherence to the recognised standards sends a valuable and important message to customers and business partners: this business does things the correct way and we take the protection of data seriously”

Orbis has been protecting lone workers since 2001 and today we protect more than 25,000 employees each year. Our solutions continue to innovate, to provide the highest level of security and peace of mind for at-risk employees nationwide. Backed up by our wholly owned BS5979 Cat II alarm response centre and BS8484 lone worker accreditations, Orbis offers a full solution from incident, response to escalation.

As the way we work is constantly changing, Orbis’ devices are constantly evolving to meet the daily needs of our customers and their employees, we work closely with police and our clients to make sure that all their safety needs are met around the clock.

For more information about our solutions, get in touch today and one of our experts will be happy to help.

Orbis’ cleaning service in Aberdeen receives great review

After securing the contract to clean all mainstream multi-story housing blocks for Aberdeen City Council, Orbis were asked to take part in a survey answering questions in relation to the service we provide. The results concluded that the tenants at all 39 buildings were happy with the service provided and many respondents commented on the helpful and friendly manner of our staff.

View the full newsletter here: multi matters newsletter

Well done to everyone involved in delivering this service, keep up the great work!

Orbis Exhibiting at Procure 4 Health July 2017

P4H is the leading procurement event for health services in the UK, designed to promote and support the ongoing NHS efficiency objectives. The event is attended by over 1200 key decision makers in the sector.

The event showcases skills development, collaboration and best practices. The event provides visitors an unrivalled opportunity to engage directly with interactive and educational features aligned to support procurement initiatives, both at national and trust level.

Orbis has delivered many different services to the NHS for many years. This year we will be showcasing our lone worker protection solutions. Our range of Lone Worker Solutions currently supports over 25,000 at-risk employees across the UK and are monitored day and night by our BS5979 Cat II / BS8484 Alarm Receiving Centre.

Book your place here: 

Fly Tipping – At its worst since 2010

Government Agency urge all property managers to be extra vigilant in a recent spate of illegal waste dumping across the UK

As you are no doubt aware, void properties can be vulnerable. Waste dumped in void properties or in gardens may leave property owners with the responsibility and costs of disposing of the waste, which can be considerable.

Our Solution

Orbis can protect & clear residential and commercial properties as well as development sites. We understand that vacant properties create a variety of issues and represent a significant cost to property managers, but with the right security, clean & clear services and regular monitoring in place we can minimise the risks.

Orbis is capable of handling large or small fly tipping sites for our clients. Orbis are fully accredited to handle and dispose of waste in an environmentally safe and efficient way.
We have developed long standing relationships with several leading social housing organisations. Working with our partners has allowed us to identify the following key benefits to you;

 

Property Maintenance and Specialised Cleaning Services

Planned, re-active and specialist maintenance keeps the property in a ready to let condition to help minimise your loss of income

Physical Security Measures

To deter intruders and minimise the likelihood of criminal activity at the property your loss of income.

Wireless Monitored Alarms

Operational without power supply to the property saving money and energy

24/7 Alarm Activation Response

Rapid response prevents further damage and loss of valuables while the re-instatement of security measures ensures continuity of insurance compliance

Online Reporting

Immediate updates of works carried out thanks to our straight line clear audit trail available online 24/7 giving you control and information wherever you are

 

Trends in the number of fly-tipping incidents in England, 2007/08 to 2015/16 (in thousands)

Number of large-scale tipping sites closed down in 2016, by region: